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The Brainstem and the Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic


brain stem, upper cervical, chiropracticThe Functions of the Brainstem

So, just as every flower has a stem, every brain also has a stem. Think of that stem has having the same function as that of a flower, just in reverse order. Its main function is to

  • Bridge the lowest part of the brain (Cerebrum) and the spinal cord.
  • Carry messages through your nerves to your brain and messages from your brain through your nerves back to your body parts.
  • Control some of the most basic functions that keep you alive – breathing, heart rate and blood pressure
  • Coordinates eye movements, jaw movement, the tongue and larynx, facial expressions, and the neck and head’s sensations and movements


What gets on Nerves’ Nerves

Much of this is accomplishes through the cranial nerves that pass through it. As well as all nerve communication between the brain and the spinal cord passes through the brainstem.

All of this makes the brainstem very important, thus damaging it could lead to very negative consequences. The worst of those injuries could lead to coma or a “progressive vegetative state.” These very severe types of injuries to the brainstem are usually those that happen to people who have suffered from strokes that effect the brainstem.

Because of the major functions of the brainstem, a stroke in this location could also be fatal, or it could permanently damage a person’s vision, speech, body movements, or sensations to pain. The amazing news is upper cervical chiropractors are able to locate and correct nerve interference in the top two vertebrae in the spine. That interference could hinder the nerve’s ability with the spinal cord and the brain thus leading to very adverse effects.

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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at


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